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Gary Johnson Says 2016 Will Be His Last Presidential Campaign

He says this year is his final run for the White House.

By Grant Suneson | September 21, 2016

If you want to vote for Gary Johnson, it looks like this year could be your last chance.

The Libertarian Party candidate told USA Today: "This is my last shot at this, OK? I won't be around after this election."

This is Johnson's second presidential campaign on the Libertarian ticket. He also ran in 2012, drawing just under 1 percent of the popular vote. His poll numbers are much higher this time around, but it probably won't be enough to make Johnson our 45th president.

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The former New Mexico governor is favored by about 10 percent of voters. That's impressive for a third-party candidate but still a ways away from the 15 percent he needs to be included in the presidential debates. And Johnson knows how vital the debates are for his White House hopes.

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"Would you agree that if you don't get into the debates it's game over?" Chris Wallace asked on Fox News on Sunday. 

"Winning the election, yes. I would say, 'game over,'" Johnson replied. 

In a year where the Democratic and Republican nominees are disliked by a record number of voters, this seems to be as good a time as any for a third-party candidate to make some noise come November.

But Johnson admits he may not be the best third-party option. In the same interview, he said, "Clearly, I may not be the right messenger."

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